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San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans odds, picks and best bets

Marcus Mosher
Sportsbook Wire

The San Antonio Spurs (30-38) will take on the New Orleans Pelicans (30-39) Friday at HP Field House for a 3 p.m. ET tip-off. We analyze the Spurs-Pelicans betting odds and lines, with NBA picks and best bets.

Spurs vs. Pelicans: Key injuries

Spurs

  • C Tyler Zeller (knee) out
  • PF Trey Lyles (appendectomy) out
  • SG Bryn Forbes (quadriceps) out

Pelicans

  • SF Darius Miller (Achilles) out

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Spurs vs. Pelicans Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Pelicans 120, Spurs 116

Moneyline (ML)

The PELICANS (-150) are slight "home" favorites over the Spurs (+125) Sunday afternoon. New Orleans is coming off a double-digit win over the Washington Wizards, while the Spurs last played the Utah Jazz, and won by eight points.

Both teams desperately need this win to stay alive in the playoff hunt, but take the Pelicans here as they just have the better roster heading into this matchup.

Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

The PELICANS -3 (-110) open this contest as one-basket favorites over the Spurs. Since the NBA restart, New Orleans has covered the spread in three of five games.

Meanwhile, San Antonio +3 (-110) is just 7-13 against the spread in its last 20 games. It's hard to be confident in either side here as both teams have been inconsistent all year long, but with this spread sitting at only three points, take the Pelicans to win and cover.

Over/Under (O/U)

The point total for this Western Conference matchup is set at 238.5 points, which feels slightly high despite both teams having top-10 offenses this year.

Both the Spurs and Pelicans are averaging around 114 points per game this season, but the shooting on both sides has been very inconsistent in the NBA bubble. Both sides shoot a bunch of threes and if either team gets hot from long distance, that could impact this Over/Under.

With the point total being as high as it is, take the UNDER 238.5 (-110) to hit in this contest as the defensive intensity should be turned up a notch given the game's importance.

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